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# Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may ones

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16 Sep 2008, 02:53
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Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may ones carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of ones mind.

Q. Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?

A. Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may ones time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.

B. Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may ones rapid concentration on several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.

C. Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may ones heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.

D. Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may ones career falter at certain times of the year.

E. Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may ones personal concerns stand in the way of professional success.

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16 Sep 2008, 04:49
Nihit wrote:
Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may ones carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of ones mind.

Q. Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?

A. Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may ones time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.

B. Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may ones rapid concentration on several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.

C. Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may ones heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.

D. Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may ones career falter at certain times of the year.

E. Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may ones personal concerns stand in the way of professional success.

Interesting problem. I pick C as my answer. I'll explain why. Let's take a look at the argument again:

Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may ones carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of ones mind.

This argument is making a serious contradiction. It's comparing one thing that is suppose to happen in order to work to something opposite that is not meant to work at all with the same idea. The bicycle chain is suppose to be tight, otherwise, you wouldn't be able to move the bicycle properly. However, when carefulness and conscientiousness are tensed, they can hinder the running of ones mind. Two opposite situations that shouldn't be compared in the first place.

So in option C:

Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may ones heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.

A machine SHOULD be oiled. The more it is oiled, the more smoothly it runs. However, heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages is not good for people because it will not make their body function as smoothly. So this is why I choose option C.

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16 Sep 2008, 09:12
I actually didn't know that a bike chain was supposed to be tight. This better not be a gmat prep question.

I picked C.

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16 Sep 2008, 09:52
E

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16 Sep 2008, 10:25
mmm guys try again

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16 Sep 2008, 10:35
This is a really weird question. Where is it from?

I pick B.
The argument is basically that excess can lead to dysfunction and ruin.

B is the only one where TOO MUCH of a normal function gives way to something bad.

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16 Sep 2008, 10:55
Nihit wrote:
mmm guys try again

try again? are you saying that option C is wrong?

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16 Sep 2008, 10:59
yup C is not the OA

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16 Sep 2008, 11:01
I meant i Picked E, but that seems to be wrong as well

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16 Sep 2008, 15:45
I pick A.
You wind the clock for a good reason but if you wind too much or too hard, it could break. Similarly, if you strive too much for perfection (you must strive in moderation), you will end up wasting time and not achieve anything. A negative effect will follow when a positive effect is expected.

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16 Sep 2008, 17:21
Nihit wrote:
Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may ones carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of ones mind.

Q. Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?

A. Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may ones time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.

B. Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may ones rapid concentration on several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties.

C. Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may ones heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation.

D. Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may ones career falter at certain times of the year.

E. Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may ones personal concerns stand in the way of professional success.

I went to D.

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16 Sep 2008, 18:30
Nihit wrote:
Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may ones carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of ones mind.

Q. Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the argument above?

A. Just as a clock may be wound too tightly, so may ones time be spent fruitlessly in the pursuit of perfection.-> incorrect

B. Just as a carousel may spin too quickly, so may ones rapid concentration on several problems prevent a resolution of difficulties. -> correct

C. Just as a machine may be oiled too much, so may ones heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages lead to complete dissipation. -> not correct ,too much oil and heavy are not analogous

D. Just as a raging river may be frozen into stillness during the winter, so may ones career falter at certain times of the year. -> certain times and winter not parallel

E. Just as a boxer may become too tense before a big fight, so may ones personal concerns stand in the way of professional success. incorrect

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16 Sep 2008, 18:39
I picked E as well.

The only choices I saw that were parallel to so may ones carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of ones mind. are A, D & E.

Serioulsy, I dont think parallel reasoning is tested on GMAT. its an LSAT thing.

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17 Sep 2008, 00:07
OA is B

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05 Mar 2013, 06:28
I picked C too ... too much oil is analogous to too much alcohol nd too much alcohol leads to negative effect so does too much carefulness and conscientousness ..

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Re: Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may ones   [#permalink] 05 Mar 2013, 06:28
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